There is a very nice diagram in this post: an “Everything We Know” sphere engulfed in a “Everything We Don’t Know” cloud. It may evoke whole lot of somewhat Lovecraftian associations. Like we’re inside a galaxy-sized body of knowledge. Maybe a symbiont, maybe a parasite gnawing its way towards a metamorphosis. “Cosmicism and humanism are incompatible“, says Wikipedia. I guess, these beliefs may be considered as the opposite ends of a spectrum.
Here is a fragment from A Game of Giants by Tim Urban: So while kindness, in all its manifestations—care, altruism, compassion—was an important survival trait in a world where well-functioning groups were necessary for survival, universal kindness probably wasn’t a great survival trait. Inevitably, other tribes would be selectively kind, shedding all of that kindness when dealing with other tribes. And when a kind tribe faces off against a ruthless tribe, the ruthless tribe usually wins.
Who needs a hair dryer when you can think about infinity instead? But seriously, what do we label “infinite”? It’s often associated with recursion or fractals. Recursion is common in programming, and here is a fact: Recursion and iteration (looping) are equally powerful. Any recursive algorithm can be rewritten to use loops instead. The opposite is also true. Any iterative algorithm can be written in terms of recursion only. In a sense, all recursion is an illusion.
The author has been trying to follow this somewhat buddhist maxim sometimes: no expectations, no attachments, no judgements. But setting aside the coolness of trying to transgress the human condition, is there any value in such self-shaping? Let’s have a bit of research. This question arose after reading the Dan Ariely’s book “Predictably Irrational”: The brilliant satirist Alexander Pope once wrote: “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
According to this data, the human homosexuality is still discriminated. But here is a somewhat shocking insight: the homosexuality phenomenon doesn’t even break out of the binary gender system! ‘Homo-’ means ‘same’, ‘hetero-’ means ‘opposite’. How can we start to comprehend non-binary then? Let’s start from the biology. Gender binarism is obviously rooted in the reproduction process. But what if one cannot or does not want to have an offspring? I guess, this doesn’t make them any less human.